Team Russia to face Switzerland in WJC quarterfinals (Photo © fhr.ru)
After finishing the group stage with nine points in four games, Team Russia earned the second seed of the B Group and thus is going to face in the World Junior Championships quarterfinals the third seed of the A group, team Switzerland, who managed to skate past Slovakia 4-1 despite being without their top two defensemen, Luca Sbisa and Roman Josi.
The game is scheduled for Saturday, January 2nd at 4 PM local time.
In the last two group stage games Team Russia faced Team Sweden and Team Czech Republic. The match against Tre Kronor wasn’t good for Plyuschev’s guys, as they were down 2-0 already after the first period. During the second period Team Russia tried to react and scored a goal with Kirill Petrov, but it wasn’t enough as Team Sweden added a further marker in any period to finish the match 4-1.
In the very last group stage match Team Russia downed Team Czech Republic. The game’s breaker was Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored a double and added one assist in Plyuschev’s squad 5-2 victory. Tarasenko himself opened the score in the first period after a beautiful combination between Maxim Trunev and Alexander Burmistrov. Kirill Petrov doubled the advantage for Team Russia in the second period, who allowed a powerplay breakaway to Jan Kana at the thirty-sixth minute that meant the 2-1. The third period was quite until the 54th minute mark, when Stepan Novotny tied up the match.
But less than one minute later Vladimir Tarasenko took control of a loose puck in the neutral zone, launched Maxim Kitsyn, who returned him the puck seconds later. After a couple of strides Tarasenko shoot the puck in and scored with an eye-catching wrist shot.
Team Russia added a couple of goals later, first with Maxim Chudinov and then with Alexander Burmistrov.
The winner of the quarterfinal match will face Team Canada in the semifinals on January 3rd.